Published on Jul 02, 2013
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The 2013 Mid Year Conference was full of significant announcements that affect our nation-to-nation relationship with the federal government. On Wednesday, President Obama signed an Executive Order creating the White House Council on Native American Affairs. The Executive Order establishes a national policy to ensure that the federal government engages in a true and lasting government-to-government relationship with tribal nations.
NCAI President Jefferson Keel released a statement welcoming the President’s Executive Order, calling it “a very strong step forward to strengthen our nation-to-nation relationship.” President Keel noted that the Council “has been a top priority of tribal leaders from the earliest days of the Obama Administration.”
On Thursday morning, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell provided her first address to tribal leaders at the 3rd General Assembly. Secretary Jewell noted that President Obama and former Secretary Ken Salazar “opened a new chapter” in relations with tribal nations. She promised to “keep that chapter open” and “take it to the next level.”
Also on Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius announced a final rule that all American Indians and Alaska Natives eligible to receive care through the Indian Health Service will be exempt from the minimum essential coverage requirement in the Affordable Care Act.
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